Man behind consulate attack in Karachi might be receiving treatment in New Delhi
Multiple reports in Pakistani media claimed that the mastermind of Friday’s terror attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi is currently receiving medical treatment at New Delhi’s Max Hospital. India has neither denied nor accepted the allegation, so far.
Aslam alias Achu, who is the commander of proscribed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), is being treated at Max Hospital in the Indian capital, reports Pakistan’s Express News.
Reports say that Achu had fled after getting injured in an encounter with the Pakistani security forces 18 months ago. Several members of BLA were killed in the shootout.
Reports add that he fled to India with an Afghanistan passport.
Photos of the BLA commander hospitalized in the New Delhi hospital have gone viral on social media after the terror attack in Karachi.
On Friday, Pakistani security forces foiled the attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi. Two policemen and two people waiting in a queue outside the consulate were killed in the attack, along with the three gunmen.
The attackers, who were armed with SMGs, hand grenades, suicide vests and explosives, tried to enter the consulate from the visa issuance section but they were intercepted by security personnel at the checkpoint.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called it “part of a conspiracy” against Pakistani and Chinese economic and strategic cooperation and ordered an inquiry.
“I am absolutely clear both these attacks are part of a planned campaign to create unrest in the country by those who do not want Pakistan to prosper. Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we will crush the terrorists, whatever it takes,” Imran Khan tweeted.
“The failed attack against the Chinese Consulate was clearly a reaction to the unprecedented trade agreements that resulted from our trip to China. The attack was intended to scare Chinese investors and undermine CPEC. These terrorists will not succeed,” Khan added.
India and Pakistan have been long accusing each other for spreading unrest in each other’s countries. Pakistan accused India of supporting the nationalist insurgents in Baluchistan, while India accused Pakistan of nurturing extremist militants throughout the region.
Although India denies helping Baluchistan insurgents and was quick to condemn the attack in Karachi, it didn’t issue any statement about the reports of the mastermind in its National capital.
“India strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi this morning. We condole the loss of lives in this dastardly attack. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. The perpetrators of this heinous attack should be brought to justice expeditiously. Such terrorist attacks only strengthens the resolve of the international community to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” reads a statement issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs.
Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts, Max Hospital refused to comment.
“I have no idea about this, I cannot tell you anything,” said, Sumit Puri, Chief Information Officer of Max Hospitals, New Delhi.